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308 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
See Hudson, Folksongs, p. 217; Journal, XII, 250 ("Old Doctor Grey"); XXXIX, 186; Pound, No. 54; Spaeth, Weep Some More, My Lady, p. 203.
"A Dose of Calomel." Contributed by Miss Mabel Leigh Hunt, of In­dianapolis, Indiana. Marion County. Obtained from her mother, Mrs. Amanda Harvey Hunt. April 16, 1936.
1. If Mr. A. or B. gets sick,
'Send for the doctor; go, be quick!" The doctor comes with a free good will And gives him a dose of calomel.
2.     He says unto the patient's wife, "Get me some paper and a knife;
I think your husband will do well To take a dose of calomel."
3.     The patient now grows worse indeed; "Send for the doctor; go with speed!"
The doctor comes with a free good will And doubles the dose of calomel.
4.     The patient now is dead and gone, His friends are left to weep and mourn; His goods are all exposed for sale
To pay for the dose of calomel.
"Calomel." Contributed by Miss Mabel Leigh Hunt, of Indianapolis, Indiana. Marion County. From a MS in her possession. "The spelling and the punctuation, or lack of it, is Ely's. You probably know that calomel was once used in copious doses for practically every fever, parch, or swell,' deserving, no doubt, these ironic lines." (Miss Hunt.) April 16, 1936.
1. Physicians of the highest rank To pay their fees we need a bank Combine all wisdom art & skill Science and sense in Calomel.

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